Picks of the Week: Oct. 29-Nov. 4

Tonight, 98.7 FM Close to Home presents Family of the Year with special guests Terraplane Sun and The Young Rapscallions at the Viper Room. Before headlining next month at The Fonda Theatre, catch the indie pop quartet here on The Sunset Strip in the intimate confines of the Viper. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.  www.ViperRoom.com
Start your Halloween celebrating a day early at Pink Taco on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Costume contest with prizes and two-for-one priced pitchers of margaritas. It's "Taco Tuesday," goblin style. www.facebook.com/pinktacosunset

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Duff McKagan Comes Full Circle With Intimate Performance At The Viper

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Duff McKagan returned to The Sunset Strip for two back to back, sold out shows at The Viper Room this month. For night one of this intimate engagement, McKagan, promoting his memoire It’s So Easy: And Other Lies, played an acoustic “storytellers” style set, reciting passages from his new to paperback read, while his band Loaded played accompanying instrumental renditions of GNR’s most memorable hits.

After a long evening of fan meet and greets and a stellar performance that assuredly was one of the most memorable nights in Viper Room history, McKagan sat down with TheSunsetStrip.com to reflect on the night and his memories of his first sober performance at The Viper almost 20 years ago.

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Picks of the Week: Oct. 22-28

Presidential debates or Monday Night Football?… If you choose the latter, head on over to Detroit-export Coney Dog to catch the Detroit Lions take on the Chicago Bears while enjoying a little “Monday Madness.” Plain hot dogs are only $1, coney dogs are $1.99 and Stroh’s beer is $3.50 throughout the entire duration of the game. Now, that’s a lot of hot dogs! www.facebook.com/coneydogLA
House of Blues Sunset Strip presents alt-metal trailblazers Helmet this Tuesday, Oct. 23. Formed in New York in the late ’80s, this juggernaut powerhouse hasn’t lost steam since their groundbreaking debut with 1992’s Meantime. Also sharing the bill: '90s alt-rock flashback Toadies and Ume. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $22 GA/$27.50 day of show.  www.hob.com

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Acclaimed Producer Peter Asher To Sign “British Invasion” Art Guitar On The Sunset Strip

This Thursday, Oct. 25 legendary music producer and musician Peter Asher will sign a 10-foot-tall art guitar celebrating the impact of British culture on rock and roll and The Sunset Strip. The guitar, which is part of Gibson GuitarTown on The Sunset Strip, was created by artist Todd Williamson.

The signing will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunset Strip Market, located at 8755 Sunset Boulevard, and is open to the public.  

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Picks of the Week: Oct. 15-21

PICK OF THE WEEK:  Tonight meet Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan at the Viper Room. Playing two back-to-back nights (Oct. 15 and 16), the living legend will kick off his residency this evening with an acoustic performance followed by a book signing and discussion. A very limited number of special VIP meet and greet packages available at www.viperroom.com

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Rock & Roll Musical “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” Returns To The Roxy Nov. 1-7!

Critically acclaimed rock and roll musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," starring Donovan Leitch, returns to The Roxy Theatre  for a week-long residency November 1-7. The show first premiered at The Roxy in 2006 and was a tremendous success and received rave reviews from Variety and Los Angeles Times. Tickets are on sale now with a portion of the proceeds going to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization for crisis intervention and suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ youth.

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Picks of the Week: Oct. 9-14

Tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 9, House of Blues Sunset Strip presents The Slumerican Tour featuring Yelawolf with Travis Barker. Catch this much buzzed about hip-hop heat seeker as he “throws it up” for all his West Coast peeps at this sold-out night on The Sunset Strip. Doors open at 7 p.m. www.hob.com
PICK OF THE WEEK:  Explore one of the most haunted buildings in Los Angeles this Wednesday, Oct. 10 when The Comedy Store kicks-off its annual Haunted Midnight soireé.  Meet the spooks and specters in residence at this paranormally hilarious evening of stories, magic and comedy, followed by a midnight tour of the most haunted spots in The Store! Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for this 21 and older show.  www.thecomedystore.com

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Ghosts, Ghouls, Magic: Haunted Midnights Return To The Comedy Store

It’s October, which means the countdown to Halloween is officially on. In celebration of the most “spirited” day of the year, The Comedy Store is hosting a Haunted Midnights tour and show Wednesday nights beginning October 10-24.
Guests are invited to join the legendary venue for a rare peek into the dark side behind the laughter at this famed building that is known as one of the most haunted buildings in Los Angeles. The Comedy Store has played home to murderous mobsters, lost souls and restless spirits for nearly a century. Going back to the days when 8433 Sunset Boulevard was Hollywood hot spot Ciro’s, many an unfortunate soul has gone to his untimely death here and then never gone anywhere else.

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5 Questions With Cinjun Tate

Singer/songwriter and former Remy Zero frontman Cinjun Tate returned to The Viper Room last Thursday for an evening of intimate acoustic tunes and “Storytellers” worthy tales before a packed house. No stranger to The Viper, Tate and his former band cut their teeth here on The Sunset Strip before being propelled into mainstream consciousness when their single “Save Me” became the opening theme song for the hit TV series “Smallville.”  

Get the rest of the back-story from Cinjun himself as he reflects on his travels from early childhood traumas to finding success with Superman. (AND flip through the amazing photo gallery from the show, including a special guest appearance from Zach Braff.)

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